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Hi Lads and Lasses,

Had a few issues with activating my account but hopefully I am now in for the long term in terms of AR ownership, especially as I got my hands on a 156 GTA a few weeks ago.

Ive owned a few tasty cars over the years (Jags, BMWs etc) and some pretty quick ones as well, e.g. Jag S Type R, XJR etc but I am smitten already with the GTA and now want to undertake a rolling resto on the car.

It needs a few bits of bodywork attending to, arches and bit of blistered paintwork, but then I would like to attend to a number of mechanicals, namely, brakes, timing belt, exhaust, induction etc etc etc.....the list could go on but I suspect the sages amongst you will say take your time and do the work over a period of time. I really want to enjoy the GTA and as such I am willing to do exactly that, i.e take my time to do the things that need doing.

Can anyone recommend a AR specialist near me? Im in Manchester as I understand there are a few to choose from.

Oh yes, mine is a silver 02 156 GTA, 75K and the usual kit and kaboodle.

Rocket
 

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...as I'm thinking of getting the timing belt done first (as I cant see evidence in the cars history of a recent one apart from the one done at 36K), where is the best place to get hold of a timing kit? Ive looked on ebay but can anyone suggest a supplier...?Cheers
 

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Hi there, hope your enjoying your GTA as much as I am ;)

Either try alfaworkshop or ebspares, they usually have everything you'll need :thumbs:
 

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Are you going to do the cambelt yourself? You will also need the tensioners and possibly a water pump if it's the plastic impellor one.
 

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I am also in manchester but would recommend simply alfas in the west midlands as first choice. Other wise mcv in sale are quite good. Congrats on the gta. Hope to see you around.
 
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If you are unsure of the cambelt, make that the first on your list and do the pump as Joe says too. Mine was done this year, and the last time it had been done it had been done incredibly badly and close to failure despite me only doing low mileage.

Also check, clean and regrease your bonnet catch;

http://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/motoring-images/313875-s-y-day.html

Other than that, welcome to GTA ownership :thumbs:
 

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....hey, what a lovely bunch you all are on here!!!

...looks like I have ended up on the right forum and cant wait to start tackling the jobs I would like to do to the GTA.

...agree about the cambelt. Its the first task on my list and whilst I am there will do the water pump, with metal impeller...is that the right way to go about it fellas??

...as fo Jukkha, I think Ive seen your GTA before my friend...hope to ctach up soon and also get some much needed advice
 

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....hey, what a lovely bunch you all are on here!!!

...looks like I have ended up on the right forum and cant wait to start tackling the jobs I would like to do to the GTA.

...agree about the cambelt. Its the first task on my list and whilst I am there will do the water pump, with metal impeller...is that the right way to go about it fellas??

...as fo Jukkha, I think Ive seen your GTA before my friend...hope to ctach up soon and also get some much needed advice

Yep, you should probably get the spark plugs done at the same time to save labour. I played safe and got the auxillary belt changed too. :thumbs:
 

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...Thanks Oggy...I was also thinking if cambelt/pump/sparks etc are being done that I may as well get a full service done too....I mean I would also like to consider an induction kit.....I think I need to slow down..so will get belts pump done with sparkies...cheers
 

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Welcome. As the others have already said, get the belts and water pump done for piece of mind. Have you looked at the Spa thread?
 
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Welcome Ronnie, there's lots you can do to the GTA and you have come to the right place. As everyone else said, belt change and waterpump should be your priority.

Cheers,

Nigel
 

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...good question LJ and unfortunately it doesnt have the Q2 diff, but that said, I am pleasantly surprised at how well the GTA handles, with little or no torque steer. I mean it does go like the clappers and I expected plenty of torque steer but maybe thats how Alfa managed to reign torque steer in...with good engineering from the outset. That said, Q2 is on my list once some of the other jobs are done...
 
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Hmmmm...cambelt and waterpump or Q2????.......I'd keep her off the road and simply admire her until you can get both done:D
 
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